Sales of Volkswagen vehicles in the UK dropped by a fifth in November, the first full month since the scale of the emissions scandal was realised.
Official data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 12,958 VW cars were registered in November, down from 16,196 in the previous year.
The emissions scandal initially broke in September, when the troubled German car maker admitted its cars were cheating when being tested.
As many as 11mln cars fitted with the “defeat devices” worldwide may have to be recalled as part of the scandal.
So far it has cost the firm some €10bn from its share price drop alone but the group, which includes the Audi, Seat and Skoda brands, could wind up paying €30bn in legal bills, fines and modifying costs, according to reports.
VW initially took a €6.7bn provision to help cover the cost of the scandal but has since warned of a further €2bn cost
It has since had lawsuits filed against it in the US, and most recently, admitted a further 800,000 cars demonstrated “inconsistencies” in emission tests.